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    The Baby Borrowers - NBC

    Upcoming NBC show, premiering June 25th, that looks sort of interesting. Almost like a very intensified version of some of the family/baby simulation exercises they have kids do in health classes (caring for an egg for a week, ect.).

    Baby Borrowers TV Show | Teen Parenting, Relationships, Volunteer Couples, Social Experiment | NBC.com

    NBC's upcoming reality series "The Baby Borrowers" is an intriguing new social experiment based on the hit British program that asks five diverse teenage couples -- ages 18-20 -- to fast-track to adulthood by setting up a home, getting a job and becoming caring parents first to babies, toddlers, pre-teens and their pets, teenagers and senior citizens -- all over the course of three weeks.

    As the social experiment begins, the five young volunteer couples are asked to literally grow up overnight when they are each given a home in a quiet cul-de-sac outside Boise, Idaho and attend pre-natal classes as each "mother" wears a simulated "empathy" belly to prepare them for the arrival of their "baby."

    When a real baby (all aged six-11 months old) appears at their door -- courtesy of five pairs of real volunteer parents (some of whom were teen parents themselves) who entrust their infants to one of the couples -- the nervous, fumbling teens are in for three long, arduous days that make chilling out a distant memory. They must stick to rigid routines, handle the feeding chores, diaper duty and crying jags that might be shared by baby and teens -- all the while under 24-hour supervision by nannies and the real parents who are stationed next door, watching via monitor, and able to step in at any time. Plus, one teen from each of the couples must start a job, ranging from working in a local vet's office to a lumberyard, leaving the other alone as caregiver for the day.

    After three surprising, intense days, each teen couple will bid bye-bye to the baby and receive a toddler as their fast-forward adult life progresses. They will have to cope with typical "terrible twos" behavior, including pouty tantrums, potty training and other messes. Three days later, the weary couples must face the reality of parenting several sassy pre-teens/"tweeners" at once -- each with a family pet in tow, adding to their responsibilities.

    Seventy-two hours later, the teenagers arrive, thereby perhaps providing them with a mirror image of their own recent relationships with their parents. To complete the cycle of life, the experiment ends with as couples are graced with the opportunity to care for a senior citizen, including some with health issues, who represent what might be in store for them in the distant future.

    Through this emotional, dramatic journey, each young couple will get a unique opportunity to peer into the future and see what they (and their partners) might be like if they remain together and decide to build a family. Tested by the everyday ups and downs of taking care of others and maintaining a relationship, most of the teens find themselves looking at all of their relationships and notions of parenthood in a new light.

    "The Baby Borrowers" is produced by Love Productions. Richard McKerrow (the U.K.'s "Cirque de Celebrite") and Tom Shelly ("Survivor") are executive producers.
    Not a bad idea, IMO. In particular, with regards to having kids, so many people, especially young couples (particularly the girls, in fairness), seem to make the decision to have a kid with less thought than they give to buying household appliances. They have them too often for all the wrong reasons-- to save a relationship, to have someone to love them, because it is the "in" thing to do, ect. There could be some good lessons to be learned from this one, but the question is, how many will learn them? Many tend to look at stuff like this and either not relate it to themselves, or think "it will be different for ME!"

    Could be entertaining, if nothing else.

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    I think this show has a lot of potential with all the young girls on Maury trying to get pregnant at 12 and 13 yrs old participating in a program like this is a real eye opener.
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    Not a bad idea, IMO. In particular, with regards to having kids, so many people, especially young couples (particularly the girls, in fairness), seem to make the decision to have a kid with less thought than they give to buying household appliances. They have them too often for all the wrong reasons-- to save a relationship, to have someone to love them, because it is the "in" thing to do, ect. There could be some good lessons to be learned from this one, but the question is, how many will learn them? Many tend to look at stuff like this and either not relate it to themselves, or think "it will be different for ME!"
    Exactly what I was thinking, especially the part I bolded. They say stuff like, "It'll be different when it's my baby." Yeah, it will ~ you'll have it 24/7/365.
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    Love the premise of this show and hope that it continues. Dr. Phil can prose on and on about reality, but to have to live it with no help (except thankfully for the babies/children if necessary) is a much better teacher than any lecture/discussion you may endure.

    I'm in on this one as well.
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    The show airs tonight...I'll have to DVR it because I'm watching SYTYCD...But this should be interesting to see how these kids deal with having kids...

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    I told my 17 year-old daughter about it and we plan on watching it together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaC;3079726;
    I told my 17 year-old daughter about it and we plan on watching it together.
    Great idea MamaC. I think a lot of parents should follow your lead and watch this show with their teens. I hope this show does well.

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    I plan on watching it. I'm interested to see how it will turn out.

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    I'm a little stunned that parents will hand over their babies and toddlers to strangers... leaving the safety issues aside that's pretty scary for the babies...all of a sudden mom and dad are gone? For days? The parents and nannies may be watching but the babies don't know that.

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    I'm with you, PWS. I was iffy about this show. Not likely that I'd watch but I see it's point in regards to teens becoming parents but the Early Childhood degree that I have kept coming to mind, regarding the welfare of the babies. Today, I got this position statement from Zero to Three, which is an organization for teachers, parents and care-givers of infants and todds. This grand idea can definitely cause emotional and attachment issues for these poor babies. I don't like that they're opening these helpless babies up to potential issues to prove a point to teenagers who CAN help themselves and prevent their own pregnancies.
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    "ZERO TO THREE Statement Regarding NBC's Reality Series "Baby Borrowers"


    “It’s not TV, it’s birth control” is how NBC promotes its new reality series “Baby Borrowers.” On June 25th, the show will be launched on national television as an “intriguing new social experiment that asks five diverse teenage couples to fast-track to adulthood by setting up a home, getting a job and becoming caring parents.” Unfortunately, the NBC series exploits very young children in the pursuit of entertainment.

    The babies and toddlers participating in this series will be separated from their parents and caregivers for three days. Unfamiliar teenagers will take care of them during this time. This setup can be very harmful for the babies and toddlers involved. For the past 80 years, many studies have shown unequivocally that babies and toddlers suffer when they are exposed to this kind of prolonged separation from family and left with people that they do not know or love. As all parents know, babies and toddlers are very distressed by separation. They cry, cling, and search for their parents. The longer the separation, the more upset they become. Some children are unable to sleep and refuse to eat. The responses routinely last long past the child’s reunion with the parent. Prolonged separations heighten young children’s separation anxiety and damage their trust that their parents will be available to protect and care for them. Children can become angry and rejecting of their parents after being reunited with them, damaging the fabric of the child-parent relationship.

    These findings have become the basis for a new science of early childhood. A robust body of early childhood development and brain research clearly confirms the critical nature of early development. It is a time when young children form attachments with parents and caregivers, develop security and a sense of self, and learn what to expect from the world around them. Studies show that babies and toddlers need to feel safe and secure in order to form a positive sense of self, to form healthy relationships, and to feel confident to explore their world. This sense of security is dependent on the availability and stability of their trusted primary caregivers. Being separated for a
    three-day period from a parent or trusted, familiar adult, and being thrust into the care of a total stranger who has no experience with the child—how he or she is comforted, likes to be fed, held, etc.—and who has no experience caring for young children at all, can be very stressful for the child.

    As a “safeguard,” NBC has hired a nanny to be nearby in case there are concerns. However the nanny is no more familiar to that child than the two strangers who will be caring for him for three days. The nanny does not know him or what his signals
    mean—such as what he needs when he cries out in the middle of the night, or how he shows he is hungry, tired, or is overwhelmed and needs a break from play. Moreover, even though the parents of these young children are watching via closed-circuit television, the babies are not aware of that and have no way of knowing how long the parents will be gone.

    Legitimate social experiments are not conducted on national television or on reality shows. "Baby Borrowers" may have a catchy theme, but it exploits young children with potential harmful consequences. This is no social experiment. It is an extremely misguided endeavor that puts at risk our most vulnerable citizens, young children who need our love and protection."

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